The Limits of Reason


I'm a beginning of my discussion of a chapter in what's so great about Christianity called the world beyond our senses Kant. This is the philosopher Emmanuel Kant, and the limits of reason. Now the limits of reason are critically important because we can all go around talking about reason and logic, but before you do that, you have to investigate what is the domain. What are the areas in which reason can as Kant puts at securely travel? Now, skeptics and atheists like to think that they are veritable, champions of reason, apostles of reason practitioners of reason and body men of reason. Here's Sam Harris. Who says that Christians are well only partly reasonable. Tell a devout Christian his wife is cheating on him or that frozen yogurt can make a man invisible and he's likely to require as much evidence as anyone else and to be persuaded only to the extent that you give it. Tell them that the book he keeps by his bed was written by an invisible deity who will punish him with fire for eternity. If he fails to accept its every incredible claim about the universe and he seems to require no evidence whatsoever. Now, the reason that these skeptics and atheists think that they've got kind of a corner, a patent, a copyright on reason, is they think that they've got a method to discover whether things are true or false. And this method is nothing more than empirical examination and empirical testing in a word, the scientific method. Here is Paul bloom writing in the Atlantic monthly. Yes, our intuitions and hypotheses are imperfect and unreliable but the beauty of science is that these ideas are tested against reality.

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